Just Do It!

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For some of us, blogging is personal. Others are trying to educate or entertain; many more are hybrids. Yet we’re all storytellers. Writing Challenges help you to push your writing boundaries, show off your blogging chops, and, hopefully, spark more post ideas.

To participate, tag your post with DPchallenge or leave a link to it in the comments. (It would also be great if you could link to this post to encourage people to take part – the more the merrier!)  Your post should be specifically written in response to this challenge. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorite posts on Freshly Pressed on Friday.

You’ve got your site and have been lurking here at The Daily Post reading articles, considering the writing and photo challenges. Maybe you’ve been thinking about responding to a Daily Prompt, though perhaps you haven’t been able to fully commit to posting on your site. Reasons to procrastinate proliferate like fruit flies in that pop can you left out on the counter overnight. “I’m too tired!” “I have nothing to say!” and the penultimate excuse, “I have no time!” Well, since we’ve all survived the Mayan Apocalypse, we’ve all got time, and now you can devote some of that time to blogging each day for a whole week. Let’s talk about how.

Jack Cheng is a writer, designer, and entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York. In his post, 30 Minutes a Day, Jack contends that when trying to learn a new skill, it’s frequency over quantity that matters most:

When trying to develop a new skill, the important thing isn’t how much you do; it’s how often you do it.

Jack advocates building a daily practice. He relates a story about Jerry Seinfeld, and the simple method Jerry uses to avoid procrastination and spend time each day, working on his craft — writing jokes:

When software developer Brad Isaac asked Jerry Seinfeld, who in those days was still a touring comic, what his secret was, he advised Isaac to pick up one of those wall calendars that had the entire year on a single page. To Seinfeld, becoming a better comedian meant writing every day, so each day Jerry worked on his writing, he would put a big red X in the box for that day. Pretty soon, there’d be a chain of red Xs and not breaking the chain became its own motivation.

You might be writing jokes on your blog, or it could be poems, personal reflections, short stories, memoirs, and / or posting photos. Jack suggests that you can achieve any goal you choose if you can devote just 30 minutes a day to it. Is 30 minutes too long, what with child, work, and family commitments? Start with 15 minutes, or even ten minutes. With the new year upon us in a week, now’s the time to resolve to work on your blog and then actually do it!

Your challenge: post every day for a full week. We’re excited to see what you’ll post about — be sure to tag your post DPchallenge so that we can follow your progress. Feeling extra saucy? Write about your experiences overcoming procrastination. The tip or trick that inspired you to consistency might be just the thing to spur a fellow blogger to blow the dust off their blog and get to work.

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  1. This couldn’t have come at a better time. I wrote about writing to overcome the inertia of not-writing just last week. Already the “buts” are accumulating in my brain. Hmm, maybe that’s fodder for a blog post.


    1. You’re right, the first steps are often the most difficult. I believe that Newton’s first law of motion applies when we try to create a new habit, be it writing, exercise, you name it: an object in motion stays in motion.


      1. Thank you Ms Krista, I have been a member for I don’t know how long but I know that procrastination has been my biggest friend for many years. Well not anymore! Just Do It is going to be a statement I will begin my day with. My GOAL is to ‘Just Do It” starting today! I would love to be able to start writing a non fiction book and see it til the day of ocmpletion without procrastination. I am excited to begin a new chapter of my life! How do I TAG my post DPchallenge?


      1. Okay TY Krista and I know this challenge is for those who have been reluctant to join in the fun we’ve shared all year… I would have loved to add my Monday post on Ping backs: as Day 1, but I’ll gladly write another post this evening to join in this fun for a full week. :-) I write daily but I don’t post daily… I will this week. :-)
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  2. Reblogged this on Gerry Wilson and commented:
    I haven’t posted a Monday Discovery in a while, but here’s an interesting writing challenge from WordPress: to write and post every day for a week! I’m not sure today is the day for me to start (it’s Christmas Eve, after all–there I go, procrastinating), but we’ll see how it goes. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!


    1. I am new to this blog! What are the 7 types of posts? How do I TAG my post? I am a loner; therefore, I am going to commit myself to this blog! I have been procrastinating for many many years about my need to write several books. Now is the time ‘Just Do It’! That is going to become my favorite quote!!! Thank you! DPCHALLENGE


  3. This is a great challenge. I think I do write everyday, sometimes more than once! I don’t really have to think about what to write, it’s more a case of choosing something from the long list of posts I have already committed to writing for my readers … Will probably write a post every day with a different idea every day for how to blog every day! :-)


  4. Just did my first post for the Challenge! I’ll be sharing an idea every day for how to absolutely, guaranteed, always have something to blog about, even if you only have 15 minutes.


  5. **Love a good challenge! Counting my post from last night as my 1st..and also this is my first time participating in a DP Challenge..Still a blogging virgin and so far loving IT..Ready? Get set. GO


  6. For reasons beyond my comprehension, this post didn’t show up in my reader. I came looking for the post, wondering why the weekly writing challenge wasn’t up. I admit this post targets me very very well. I am busy! But still, as an experiment, I’ll try to keep up with this challenge… Let’s see if I can make it! I begin on a very solemn note. And it is likely my future posts will be as short as this…


  7. Posting every day for a week, eh… That seems like a great challange. Although I don’t have internet, if I started today and wrote one everyday for a week, I could always upload them all on the seventh day. Thank you kindly for blogging.


  8. I love this challenge. To avoid some of the procrastination excuses I try to “get ahead” on my blogs when I have extra time or extra idea, and save them as a draft for a day when I have “no time” to write. I’ve been trying to do this in December, but failed over Christmas weekend. Guess I’ll just have to pick back up and start today!!


  9. Darn! This challenge gets posted the week after I challenged myself to do the same thing. Since I was inspiring my readers to do something positive every day at work, I only posted on week days. Guess it doesn’t quite meet this challenge…


  10. I’ve been enjoying using WordPress for quite a time now.. I also find it some what intriguing on the “freshly pressed’ page and the amount of likes etc… Amusing that some are as popular as they seem to be though?

    Must be ‘who they know;… not what they do / or ‘write about’.. to be honest very cliche’ and not that ‘special’ but I guess they’re ‘featured’ so they ‘must be’ hey!! lol Have a lovely day WordPresser’s that may be as confused as me on this..! :)


  11. it’s also because of the Quality verse Quantity.. I’d write more original piece’s perhaps, once the WordPress ‘Freshly Pressed’ featured more interesting content, as ever since joining, it seems to be incredibly random and as I mentioned from already supposedly ‘popular’ stories and bloggers… (biased)
    All the best WordPress…..


  12. Hi I am greatful to god and the people who have created this wonderful site for all to say and do as it stands in the word and to share inspiring true lived stories that inspire uplift and hold one another up in our hearts as we all have a beginning and an end and many seasons we can share with one another…its wonderful and I stand amazed and ready to greet you all in the wonderful name of the father lord and blessed in all we write share and read and keep the kettle of love boiling our lamps bright with klight and love in our very veins..thank you lord thank you wonderful preople and remain blessed always…robynne michelle-jeanne fisher…


  13. Part 3 is done. This is a great one for STUDENTS who have difficulty balancing their time between studies and blogging.

    It’s also good for bloggers who feel nervous or uncertain about how much of their PERSONAL LIVES, THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS to share on their blog. Some good tips here!


  14. Did I do this wrong? I don’t know why I find this postaday/dpchallenge/daily prompt just a bit confusing to tell apart. Please remove my link if I did this incorrectly. Thank you!


    1. Hi Lila, we publish Daily Writing Prompts every day — just a sentence or two that might spark an idea for you and get you writing. The Weekly Writing challenges are specific, in that this challenge asks you to blog every day for a whole week. If you like, you can use the Daily Prompts to write a post for the Weekly Writing Challenge. For example, today’s Daily Prompt is: Immortalized in Stone: Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing or event from the last year of your life. What’s the statue of and what makes it so significant? You can use this idea or any other Daily Prompt to spark your writing.


      1. Thank you! I just understood that it’s okay to use prompts of older days.
        But does the material have to be “freshly” written for it, from start to finish? Sometimes I have something written and not posted, and then a prompt inspires me to post it either changed or unchanged, depending on the prompt.


  15. I am not participating in this challenge per se, but I intend to post every day during the next year. I’m on a personal mission to publish and transcribe all the letters my grandparents wrote during World War II with a little bit of my own commentary thrown in.


  16. Well I already post at least one blog a day, often more, including photo blogs and responses to challenges .. A habit and goal i set myself some 4 months ago now. Its a wonderful time each day deciding what will go onto my blog. Ive learnt along the way to look more openly at the world around me .. Its such a beautiful world :) ive already posted a couple of times about this wonderful new habit and addiction of daily blogging :) heres my blog link from todays post …


  17. good initiative….most of non writing-addicted guys feel what and why to write..what makes writing special is it is like drinking milk every day or waking up early..they feel tough for a new comer but for the regulars it is just a good habit..u may not like it in beginning but the dividends will revolutionise ur life…
    it makes u aware of how good speaker and thinker u really are…u would know if u scramble for the proper word and be automatically prompted to rectify the shortcomings… so just start writing..beginning is the most difficult part ,after that it is a slippery road..
    i congratulate Krista for potentially instigating a fruitful,meaningful revolution to life of many..


  18. I would be impressed for those who blog every day, plus have a full-time job and are raising children also.

    I will do this when I retire…or I get tired of cycling, my other passion. So give some kudos who manage to eek out a blog post with some quality photos and writing also. Best wishes for great blogging everyohne!


  19. DAY 2

    Accepting living with CHRONIC PAIN! My soul wants to share my life with the world. My spirit is like the Eagle — wants to fly and share my strength. My inner child wants to come out and play but she is afraid that there are so many people out there that would hurt her OR even shoot her. She has heard about all the shootings.

    I am scared to share some of my feelings but I know that I have to let go and let God! The process of writing is ‘Just Do It’! I have chosen to implement this into my daily schedule and it’s not the quanity but how many times I write on a daily basis.

    I have to take the bus to my Doctor’s appointment today. Normally I have someone take me to my appointments because of my fears on the bus. I called to late last night — the office was closed and now I have to travel on the bus. I have almost enough to get on the bus. I have to scronge aroud the house for any change laying aroundl!

    Well this is enough till later. Thank you for takng time to read my post!

    I procrastinate on a daily basis. This frustrates me the hilt. Well I will take One Day at a time.


  20. Whew, I love and feel definitely challenged by this. I like it though, I have so many “drafts” with post ideas that I put off writing, this makes me actually DO them.

    Here are days 1-5

    Two more to go! I better make-um good!


  21. I started my blog in July, not realizing at the time it would turn into a daily effort. My goal now is to blog daily for one full year, then decide what’s next. It’s not always easy, but it has really helped me to set that daily goal.


  22. Reading this has been just the impetus I needed! I had even procrastinated in reading “The Daily Post”, because I felt so “stuck”. So here it is, New Year’s Eve and this is the perfect challenge to start my new year! Thanks so much!


  23. Happy New Year Everyone! 2013 – and Now!

    How one brief chapter from a small book will kick your ass!

    from the Ashtavakra Gita

    My son, you may recite or listen to countless scriptures, but you will not be established within until you can forget everything. 16.1

    You may, as a learned man, indulge in wealth, activity and meditation, but your mind will still long for that which is the cessation of desire, and beyond all goals. 16.2

    It is because of effort that everyone is in pain, but no-one realizes it. By just this simple instruction, the lucky one attains tranquillity. 16.3

    Happiness belongs to no-one but that supremely lazy man for whom even opening and closing his eyes is a bother. 16.4

    When the mind is freed from such pairs of opposites as, ‘I have done this’, and ‘I have not done that’, it becomes indifferent to merit, wealth, sensuality and liberation. 16.5

    One man is abstemious and averse to the senses, another is greedy and attached to them, but he who is free from both taking and rejecting is neither abstemious nor greedy. 16.6

    So long as desire, which is the state of lack of discrimination, remains, the sense of revulsion and attraction will remain, which is the root and branch of samsara. 16.7

    Desire springs from usage, and aversion from abstention, but the wise man is free from the pairs of opposites like a child, and becomes established. 16.8

    The passionate man wants to be rid of samsara so as to avoid pain, but the dispassionate man is without pain and feels no distress even in it. 16.9

    He who is proud about even liberation or his own body, and feels them his own, is neither a seer or a yogi. He is still just a sufferer. 16.10

    If even Shiva, Vishnu or the lotus-born Brahma were your instructor, until you have forgotten everything you cannot be established within. 16.11

    – “Get it through your thick head” Joe Pesci


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